The Real Winner In Iowa
If, as is currently expected, Governor Romney emerges from tomorrow’s caucuses with Rep. Paul and Sen. Santorum as his chief rivals, he will be well on his way to the nomination. However, he will be a weaker general election candidate than he was several months ago. Discussing the effect of Paul, Santorum, Rick Perry, and their predecessors on center stage of the Republican circus, Frank Bruni writes,
None of these three men is likely to win the Republican nomination. But before they exit stage right — stage far right, that is — they and a few of their similarly quixotic, similarly strident competitors will do no small measure of damage to the Republican Party and no great favors to the country as a whole. What happens in Iowa doesn’t stay in Iowa: it befouls Republicans’ image nationally, becomes a millstone around the eventual nominee’s neck and legitimizes debate about some matters that shouldn’t be debatable.
Romney will now face the choice of either continuing to hold positions that alienate much of the electorate or again flip-flopping back to the views he held as Massachusetts governor. Either option helps the President.Click here for reuse options!
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